Vrooman, Carl Schurz, 1872-1966

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Farmer, publicist, and U.S. assistant secretary of agriculture.

From the description of Papers of Carl Schurz Vrooman, 1890-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71069406

Assistant Secretary of Agriculture during the Woodrow Wilson administration, agricultural reformist, farm manager, author, and politician. Member of the Vrooman family, known for their spiritual and social reform interests.

Married to Julia Scott Vrooman of Bloomington, Illinois, the daughter of Matthew T. Scott, Illinois land baron and founder of Chenoa, Illinois.

From the description of Papers, 1870-1976. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 24257615

Biographical Note

  • 1872, Oct. 25: Born, Macon, Mo.
  • 1890: Entered Washburn College, Topeka, Kans.
  • 1891 - 1894 : Studied at Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1896: Campaigned for William Jennings Bryan for president Married Julia Scott
  • 1900: Published Taming the Trusts
  • 1908: Published “Our Railroad Riddle” on railroad safety
  • 1913: Published A Political Pilgrimage
  • 1914: Senatorial candidate in Illinois Appointed assistant secretary of agriculture by Woodrow Wilson.
  • 1918: Toured Europe to aid in agricultural postwar relief; resigned post in December
  • 1924: Suggested as a possible Democratic presidential or vice-presidential candidate
  • 1921: Active in promoting free grain program for European relief and promoting farm bill of 1921
  • 1927: Published Personal Religion
  • 1936: Published The Present Republican Opportunity, by a Democrat. Chenoa, Ill.: C. Vrooman
  • 1940: Active in Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies
  • 1944: Wrote “A United Spiritual Offensive” Gave radio addresses for presidential campaign of Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1945: Wrote “A Prospective Center Block”
  • 1946: Democratic candidate for Congress Wrote “The Future of the Farmer”
  • 1948: Democratic candidate for congress
  • 1961: Wrote “A Christian Manifesto”
  • 1966, Apr. 8: Died, Normal, Ill.

From the guide to the Carl Schurz Vrooman Papers, 1872-1975, (bulk 1890-1975), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Nathan Lewis Miller Papers, 1902-1958 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Cavanagh, Helen M. (Helen Marie), 1904-. Papers, 1870-1976. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Vrooman, Carl Schurz, 1872-1966. Papers, 1870-1976. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn McCormick, Vance Criswell, 1872-1946. Vance Criswell McCormick papers, 1907-1946 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Vance Criswell McCormick papers, 1907-1946 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931. Letters to Julia and Carl Vrooman, 1916-1929. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn McCormick, Vance Criswell, 1872-1946. Vance Criswell McCormick papers, 1907-1946 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Flower, B. O. (Benjamin Orange), 1858-1918. Letter 1915, March 18, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Bemjamin Orange Flower. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Christian Socialist Fellowship. Letter 1917, May 26, Chicago, Ill. [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, Staten Island, N.Y. / Kathryn Spiers. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Carl Schurz Vrooman papers, 1872-1975 (bulk 1890-1975) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Carl Schurz Vrooman papers, 1872-1975 (bulk 1890-1975) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Bickel, Carl G. person
correspondedWith Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941 person
correspondedWith Bryan, Mary Baird, 1861-1930 person
correspondedWith Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 person
associatedWith Cavanagh, Helen M. (Helen Marie), 1904- person
associatedWith Christian Socialist Fellowship. corporateBody
correspondedWith Douglas, Paul H. (Paul Howard), 1892-1976 person
associatedWith Farmers Political Conference of Illinois. corporateBody
associatedWith Flower, B. O. (Benjamin Orange), 1858-1918. person
correspondedWith Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923 person
correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
correspondedWith House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938 person
associatedWith Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973 person
associatedWith Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931. person
associatedWith McCormick, Vance Criswell, 1872-1946. person
associatedWith Miller, Nathan L., 1868-1953 person
correspondedWith Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971 person
associatedWith Oxford Group. corporateBody
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
associatedWith Ruskin Hall, Oxford. corporateBody
associatedWith Scott family. family
associatedWith Scott, Julia Green, d. 1923. person
associatedWith Scott-Lees Collegiate Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Scott, Matthew Thompson, 1828-1891. person
correspondedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 person
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Agriculture. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Wisconsin. corporateBody
associatedWith Vrooman family. family
associatedWith Vrooman, Frank Buffington, 1861-1951. person
associatedWith Vrooman, Hiram, 1871-1954. person
associatedWith Vrooman, Julia Scott, 1876-1980. person
associatedWith Vrooman, Julia Scott. Julia Scott Vrooman papers. person
associatedWith Vrooman, Walter, 1869-1909. person
correspondedWith Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
Bloomington (Ill.)
Chenoa (Ill.)
United States
Agricultural laws and legislation
Agriculture and state
Farm tenancy
Moral re-armament
World War, 1914-1918
Public officials


Birth 1872

Death 1966


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